The Board of Uganda’s telecommunication giant, MTN has announced that their Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte will be leaving his position come August 1, 2022.
This has been revealed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr. Charles Mbire.
“The Board is grateful to Mr. Vanhelleputte for his outstanding service over the years and contribution to the Company’s growth during that period. We wish him the best in his new role.”
Wim who has worked for the company for six years is headed to West Africa where he has been appointed MTN Group’s Chief Operations Executive.
In the region, he will oversee Liberia, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, and Congo-Brazzaville, effective 1 August 2022.
The Board also revealed that Wim will be replaced by Ms. Sylvia Wairimu Mulinge as Chief Executive Officer effective October 1, 2022.
Ms. Mulinge joins MTN from Safaricom Plc where she currently is Chief Consumer Business Officer. In this role, she is responsible for driving the consumer telecoms business, managing the overall brand, and leading the transformation of Safaricom to become a digital lifestyle enabler of consumers’ lives.
MTN Group President and CEO, Ralph Mupita, has described her as a “seasoned executive” who “brings with her a passion for transforming customers’ lives using technology.”
She joined Safaricom in 2007 and has occupied various senior roles over the years, including Head of Retail, Head of Sales, and Director of Consumer Business.
She is a graduate of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree (first-class honours).
“I would like to welcome Sylvia Mulinge to MTN Uganda. I believe that her experience will be beneficial to MTN, particularly given her alignment to our strategic intent of leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress. The Board is confident that Ms. Mulinge will continue the work of growing the Company as a leading provider of telecommunications and digital solutions.” Mbire concluded.
In the interim, the current Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Andrew Bugembe, has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer effective August 1, 2022, until September 30, 2022.